LSU beats Texas Tech 69-64 in OT
BATON ROUGE - LSU made six free throws in the final 2 minutes of overtime to hold off Texas Tech 69-64 on Tuesday.
The Tigers (2-0) scored the first four points in OT on field goals by Jarell Martin and Jordan Mickey to take a 63-59 lead. Josh Gray hit two free throws to put LSU up 65-61.
After a basket by the Red Raiders' Norense Odiase, Tim Quarterman made one of two free throws for the Tigers with 1:16 to play. LSU sank just enough free throws in the final 25 seconds to win. Gray made one of two free throws, while Keith Hornsby was 2 of 4 from the free throw line.
Mickey scored 18 points and grabbed 14 rebounds. Martin had 17 points and 12 rebounds, Gray scored 14, and Hornsby 12.
Odiase and Zach Smith each had 13 points for Texas Tech (1-1). Robert Turner had 10.
The teams exchanged runs in the last 6 minutes. Trailing 53-52, Texas Tech got a free throw and a basket by Odiase and a field goal by Randy Onwuasor to take a four-point lead with 4:16 remaining.
LSU, which went scoreless for nearly 6 minutes, outscored the Red Raiders 6-2 in the final 45 seconds. Gray made a field goal and two free throws. Then Quarterman stole an inbounds pass and made a layup to tie it at 59-59 with 13 seconds to play in regulation.
Texas Tech made just one field goal in the first 8 minutes of the game, but found itself behind by only six points at 11-5. The Red Raiders came back to take their first lead at 14-13 on a basket by Justin Gray midway through the opening half.
Texas Tech took a 36-24 lead into halftime on the strength of a 14-2 run over the final 6 minutes. Toddrick Gotcher and Turner combined for the final nine points before halftime.
LSU stiffened its defense and got back into the game early in the second half. The Red Raiders missed their first three shots and committed one turnover. The Tigers outscored Texas Tech 9-1 in the first 4 1/2 minutes to reduce their deficit to four points at 37-33.
After falling behind 41-33, LSU's Murray hit three consecutive baskets to pull with within a point 42-41 with 12:08 left.
The Red Raiders answered with six points on a pair of free throws by Devaugntah Williams and Smith bracketing a basket by Odiase. LSU replied with a 12-4 run to take a 53-52 with 6:38 to play. Martin made three baskets and Hornsby knocked down two 3-pointers.
LSU: The Tigers rallied for a victory from a double-digit halftime deficit for the first time in two seasons. LSU only won three times last season when it trailed at halftime.
Texas Tech: After shooting 48 percent from the field (14 of 29) in the first half, the Red Raiders made just 24 percent of their field goal attempts (6 of 25) in the second half. Texas Tech was 1 of 5 from the field in overtime.
LSU plays Old Dominion in a first-round game at the Paradise Jam in the Virgin Islands on Friday.